Book Review: Wicked (A Wicked Trilogy #1)

Posted May 21, 2015 by @Angelized_1st in 2015 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge, 2015 TBR Pile Reading Challenge, Books, Entertainment, Reading Challenges / 2 Comments

Book Review: Wicked (A Wicked Trilogy #1)Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: A Wicked Trilogy,
on December 8th 2014
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Legends, Myths, Fables, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 371
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
ISBN: 9780988982956
Reading Challenges: 2015 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge, 2015 TBR Pile Reading Challenge
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three-half-stars

Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.

Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.

But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.

Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans.

The Good…:

In Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Wicked, Ivy Morgan is a young woman living in New Orleans who fights fairies for a living. She’s a woman who wants more than the violence that’s permeated every area of her life, and cost her everything she loves. Having closed herself off from getting hurt again, Ivy has become lonely with only her best friend and crazy roommate to keep her company. And then he walked in. Ren Owens is a complication Ivy never saw coming, but that doesn’t keep her away from him. Duh!

JLA always does a great job grabbing the reader’s attention, and holding it from beginning to end. Ivy and Ren are both likable characters, and it’s hard not to root for them from the very beginning. Unlike many of JLA’s boys, Ren is a badboy who turn out to be a great catch. Not to say Daemon, Seth, and Aidan aren’t great guys, but while they’re unrepentant badboys, Ren only looks like one. At heart, he’s the boy next door.

The story of hunting Fae was a nice change from the gods and aliens of Armentrout’s LUX and Covenant series, and I can’t wait to read more about The Order’s war against the Fae. I also am looking forward to more Ren and Ivy, and the resolution of their current predicament.

The Bad…:

One thing I didn’t particularly like was how predictable the story was. Off course you know the Ivy and Ren will hook up. Watching them get there is the fun part. What I didn’t like was how I saw all the twists coming from miles away. JLA is usually better at hiding the foreshadowing so that the twists aren’t as obvious. I also didn’t like how Ivy seemed like a watered-down version of JLA’s other female heroines. I felt like I’ve met her before. That’s not a horrible thing. It just means I was able to predict her reactions to situations, adding to the predictability of the story.

Do I Recommend?

If you are a fan of Armentrout’s other series, then I think you will enjoy Wicked. I know I did. While the story was a bit predictable, it was still enjoyable to read. I also really liked the characters, and love how forthright Ren is as a male lead. I also really enjoyed how easily he and Ivy were able to communicate, so I didn’t have to deal with unnecessary problems between them over misunderstandings. Overall, I give this one 3.5 out of 5 stars.

About Jennifer L. Armentrout

# 1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout Lives in West Virginia. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write.

She is the author of the Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press), the Lux Series (Entangled Teen), Don’t Look Back (Disney/Hyperion) and a yet untitled novel (Disney/Hyperion), and new YA paranormal series with Harlequin Teen.

Jennifer also writes New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J. Lynn. The Gamble Brothers Series (Tempting the Best Man/Tempting the Player) and Wait for You. Under her pen name, she is published with Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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2 responses to “Book Review: Wicked (A Wicked Trilogy #1)

  1. I agree, the story twists were pretty obvious, but then I like a plot like that sometimes because it’s pretty comforting.
    Ooh, Ren was great 🙂 I liked the fact that he didn’t treat Ivy like poop (I had a problem with Daemon about that – he was such a jerk sometimes) and he was really hot!
    I wonder what will happen once he realizes … that thing about Ivy 🙂

    • @Angelized_1st

      I agree. The predictability was a bit comforting. I love Daemon, but you’re right. Ren has Daemon’s bad boy facade, but seems more like a guy you’d want IRL. He’s caring and doesn’t mistreat Ivy. I’m curious to see what happens, as well. I just hope Ivy doesn’t run away out of fear, forcing Ren to chase her down. I’m thinking perhaps she’ll try to hide the truth, and by the time he discovers her true nature, he’ll be too in love to do what he’s supposed to do. *fingers crossed*

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